LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A dozen Dodgers wives came armed with food, supplies and gently-used clothing Saturday to a housing project near the stadium.
CBS2’s Joy Benedict was there when boxes of food and pallets of fruit were unloaded at the William Mead Housing Project.
The wives adopted the block and decided to help those in need — just in time for Mother’s day.
“They’re doing a nice thing for Mother’s day. It’s a special gift for everybody,” said Daisy Fernandez.
Benedict reported that Fernandez wasn’t really aware that the “gift” was coming from the Dodgers wives.
“It’s a great way to reach out,” said Emily Greinke, wife of hurler Zack Greinke. “We are right around the the corner from Dodgers Stadium, just a couple miles from it so it’s great to be able to be here in the Dodger community see the families and be able to help the ways we can.”
Greinke was one of about a dozen wives who wanted to help out — the women also brought their mothers and their children.
“I think giving back bleeds down in generations,” said Ellen Kershaw, wife of pitcher Clayton Kershaw, and the event organizer.
“Not only do we want to pass out groceries and clothing but we want to build relationships [in the community],” Ellen said.
The Dodgers wives teamed up with the Dream Center — a church mission located in Echo Park — a group known for giving. For the wives, this wasn’t just about today but all days. They’ve committed to helping out at least one day a month.
“The Dodger wives have been so addicted to serving they’ve just been coming out here saying, hey, we have time,” said Dream Center Pastor Matthew Barnett.
“It’s not just about coming out here and making an appearance,” said Ellen, “We want to jump into their lives — and kind of figure out what we can do to make their life a little bit better.”
Benedict reported there was no fanfare, no big signs, nothing that would indicate the people giving were connected in any way to the Boys in Blue.
There were just “thank yous” from residents who were grateful for the gifts, the kindness of some strangers, their time — and for making Mother’s day weekend a lot sweeter.